Edmonton Oilers forward Jesse Puljujarvi says he is focused on finishing the season with his team in Finland.
Puljujarvi, who is an unsigned restricted free agent, has been playing with his hometown club Oulun Karpat in the Finnish Elite League all season while he awaits a trade from the Oilers. His contract with Oulun includes a clause that allows him to return to the NHL before Dec. 1.
Since returning to Finland, Puljujarvi has played really well, scoring 11 goals and 20 points in 18 league games. He also represented the Finnish national team at the Karjala Cup last week, where he had one goal in three games.
“He’s building up his confidence,” said Karpat general manager Harri Aho in an interview with Sportsnet’s Mark Spector at the end of October. “It’s coming step by step, and now he got nominated to the national team for the Karjala Cup. He’s on the right track. It’s looking good.”